Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #4
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Source: with thanks from Publisher for Honest Review
Release Date: May 27th 2014
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Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.
Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.
West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.
Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.
Amazing, Breathtaking, Haunted, Cannot put it down. These are the words I would use to describe this book. Katie McGarry has outdone herself with this one. I enjoyed others in Pushing the limits series, but Take me on blew me away.
Haley’s life in spiraling and she is trying to hold everyone in her family together, after her father loses his job they soon become homeless and move in with her uncle who is controlling and emotionally abusive. Haley’s one chance is to get into college so she can leave and help support her family. After a nasty and violent break up with her boyfriend, Haley quits kickboxing much to her families disappointment and promises her self she will never fight again.
West’s life is also coming apart, expelled for fighting at school defending his sister who is in ICU after a car accident, West blames himself, although they have plenty of money and live in a mansion, West feels responsible for his sister’s accident and acts out angrily and his father kicks him out on the street.
West and Haley’s lives collide one night when Haley is on her way back from the pharmacy with her fathers medication when she is jumped and robbed by a bunch of guys, West tries to save her by jumping in so she can escape, but Haley brakes her promise to herself when she goes back to kick serious butt to save West.
To protect her family Haley agrees to train West to fight against her ex boyfriends family.
Take me on, is full of emotion the characters are realistic and beautifully written, the evolution of the characters from the start to the finish is wonderful and realistic, even though they are from two different worlds the romance is definitely swoon worthy and has you on the edge of your seat.
I highly recommend this book to anyone, It can be read as a standalone or with the rest of the series, easily one of my favourite books this year.